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9 Questions to Ask to See If Your Bank Is Right for You

The end of the year is a good time to give your financial life a once-over and see what changes need to be made. One item not to forget in that review: your bank. Answering these questions will help you determine whether your money is in the right place, or if it's time for a strategic withdrawal.

The Best Reason to Bank Locally: Better Deals

Still banking at one of the "too big to fail" institutions? According to Bank Deals blog and DepositAccounts.com, for the best yields on checking, savings and CDs, you'd do better looking locally. For example, consider these three deals available right now.

As Customers Flee, Big Banks Don't Seem to Care

Credit unions, mid-size banks and online institutions are eagerly stepping up to capture banking customers who are fed up with increasing fees at the biggest banks. And so far, it seems, those big banks don't mind losing their business.

Where to Find Cheaper Mortgages

Interest rates for 30 year fixed-rate mortgages have fallen to record lows, but consumers can get even better deals -- at smaller banks and credit unions. Find out why.

How Small Banks Profit from Rivals' Failures

The big national banks get most of the attention, but it turns out that small banks are even more interested than their larger competitors when it comes to snapping up failed former rivals. Some 46% of small banks say they're interested in bidding for failed banks' assets or deposits, compared with just 36% of large banks.